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John Cage performance at Putah Creek Lodge, Davis California on November 21, 1969

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John Cage performance at Putah Creek Lodge, Davis California on November 21, 1969


Published November 21, 1969


Each year for some time the music department at the University of California Davis invited a well-known musician to lecture for a term on material of his own choice. John Cage accepted such an appointment for Fall, 1969. In addition to his class, John Cage scheduled a one-day musical exposition for November 21, 1969, centering around the music of Erik Satie. It was to be called Godamusicday, a title which, because of a university policy banning obscene language, was ultimately rejected. Undaunted, Cage wryly changed the name to MEWANTEMOOSIECDAY
Several events took place during this day: an 18-hour performance of the Vexations by Erik Satie, performed 840 times, a performance of Cage's new piece 33 1/3 , a lecture by John Cage, performances of the University orchestra and band, film presentations etc.
What you hear for the first 30 minutes is a performance by a chamber orchestra of Satie's "Furniture Music" repeated many times. In the background are continuous performances of various pieces by John Cage playing simultaneously. Midway the venue changes to a private performance by Milton and Peggy Salkind of Cage's 2 piano version of Satie's "Socrate". At times, its a bit hard to figure out what is going on.


Source Other Minds
Run time 00:58:05
Label / Recorded by KPFA

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Reviewer: Richard_Friedman - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2004
Subject: Mewantemooseicday
Confusing, but it does give a sense of what it sounded like.
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